According to a new book by Seymour P. Lachman, it’s the late Lew Rudin (1927–2001) of Rudin Management, one of New York’s oldest real estate dynasties. Lachman is dean of the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College.
Rudin may not be a household name, but the things he accomplished are: For example, the fiscal bailout of the city in 1975, and the development of the New York Marathon into a world-famous racing event. He was a key figure behind those efforts as well as many others.
“[Lew Rudin’s] love, commitment, and belief in the viability of the city motivated him to use his talents and resources to make New York a better place for us all, and earned him the nickname, ‘Mr. New York,’” Lachman writes.
Mr. New York: Lew Rudin and His Love for the City (2014) was published by the SUNY Press.